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John Erskine, 1922, “Prohibition is incompatible with Christianity”

Prohibition is incompatible with Christianity

Attributed to: 
John Erskine Ph.D., LLD.

1922, Must Christians Choose Between the Bible and Prohibition?

In 1922 John Erskine Ph.D., LLD, published a short book, more like an extended essay, entitled, Must Christians Choose Between the Bible and Prohibition? In the first paragraph he sets out t

Stanton Peele Takes on AA, the Toughest Drug to Quit, and Prohibitionists Perverting Kids

Here are three recent pieces worth reading.

In this first piece, he points out (among other things) the harms inflicted by the zero-tolerance and abstinence-only mindsets.

Fruit Flies Self Medicate with Alcohol

In a bizarre twist, the news outlet I’ve taken to calling the Pwned By Sadists Inside the Möbius Beltway Hour published an interesting finding.

Apparently fruit flies drink alcohol to self medicate. It keeps them safe from parasites. Some of you may be thinking, “I’ve heard of that: absinthe, the wormwood in absinthe is well known to flush intestinal parasites.” But that’s only partly what is at work, based on my understanding of this report.

Very Quick History of the Origins of Prohibition

Ron Paul: Drug War In U.S. Has Racist Origins

The Beer Archaeologist

The Smithsonian magazine has published a lengthy article about beer, by Abigail Tucker.

I haven't read the whole thing yet, but the printed version has this as the subtitle


Here you will find a collection of pages having to do with alcohol.

Ken Burns’ Prohibition


A nearly 6 hour series on alcohol prohibition begins tonight. Ken Burn and Lynn Novick segment the shows into three parts: A National of Drunkards, A Nation of Scofflaws, and A Nation of Hypocrites.

I've not yet seen anything other than the trailer.

In case you don't live in New England, you don't subscribe to a local PBS station, or your PBS station doesn't cover this series, I've scanned in a few portions the WGBH TV guide.

The cover

The inside cover

Quarter-page ad

Ken Burns interview

HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol

Dean Becker recently interviewed Kenneth Anderson, author of “How to Change Your Drinking - A Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol.”

Ifill Fawns at the Feet of Drug Czar, "Tell Me Those Sweet Lies. Sigh."

Gwen Ifill used to be my favorite moderator and anchor of the PBS News Hour. No longer. She was lousy in her interview with Drug Czar Kerlikowske.

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Report: Teen Drug Use Up, Binge Drinking Down

Mike Lozon Shines

Mike Lozon shared his unwinding of the twisted "facts" from Drug Warriors and prohibitionists — which he used to be — to realize that prohibition is failed. Mr.

Have a Heart! Valentine's Day, 1929, Chicago, 7 Dead. Mexico, 2006-2010, 28,000+ Dead.

One of the turning points in alcohol prohibition was the horror of the increase in gang violence. On the morning of Thursday, February 14, 1929, seven people were executed by a rival gang.

NIH Myopic Tunnel Vision Ignores Reality

Did Prohibition Really Work? Alcohol Prohibition as a Public Health Innovation

By Jack S. Blocker, Jr, PhD

What drug did President Barack H. Obama have the most trouble quitting?

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Nicotine (Tobacco)
100% (1 vote)
Total votes: 1

Alcohol a Bigger Menace, But Drugs Get Most Blame

Alcohol a bigger menace, but drugs get most blame

William Raspberry William Raspberry, author. Date unknown; perhaps 1993. (View entire clipping)

Mr. Raspberry makes some great points like this, "The people who make and enforce the law know respectable members of the community (perhaps including themselves) who use alcohol without abusing it.

"Moreover, there is a tendancy of those in charge to elevate the pleasures of the well-off and denigrate those [pleasures] associated with the poor.

" But serious penalty means building more prison cells, even at the cost of reduced funding for education…

"…less as criminals and more as people with a problem that demands education and medical attention.

William Raspberry, past winner of the Capital Press Club's Journalist of the Year award, is a columnist for The Washington Post.

He also brings up many racial disparities.

Dr. Hanson Analyzes The Marin Institute

The Marin Institute: A Temperance-Oriented Activist Organization

Dr. Hanson Analyzes The American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA): Abstinence Motivated Agenda

Dr. Hanson Analyzes The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Financier of Temperance

Dr. Hanson Analyzes Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth: Its Objectives and Methods

Dr. Hanson Analyzes The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

This page is the most depressing so far!

Dr. Hanson Analyzes MADD

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: A Crash Course in MADD

Alcohol Abuse Prevention Exposé

I recently came across an excellent website set up by a professor who has an extensive background in studying al

Prohibition in India

This just came to my attention.

This is from the About page:

We are a group of individuals who advocate freedom of choice and responsible drinking among consenting adults.

We stand firm against the Prohibition law which is used only to harass innocent residents of Gujarat who cannot exercise their fundamental right to choose freely.

The Prohibition law is ultra vires to the constitution of India, it is against the very idea of liberty and freedom that Mahatma Gandhi envisioned for a free India.

Wall Street Journal: Prohibition: A Cautionary Tale

Prohibition: A Cautionary Tale

Communion with God

But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

Attributed to: 
Amos (NIV)

Plants and Wine, Gladden the Heart and Make the Face Shine

[Yahweh] makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate — bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.

Attributed to: 
Unknown Psalmist (NIV)

Alcohol Prohibition in Texas, a Brief Look

The following link is to a page on The Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

Mark Thornton, "Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure"

Here is an article from 1991 with lots of statistics, graphs, and citations.

Summary of Recent Smears

As the rhetoric against legalizing marijuana heats up, there have been more than a few people who have stepped forward to promote the War on Drugs. They are against legalizing marijuana for any reason, including allowing medical doctors to suggest patients try it. Ironically, much of this opposition is not coming from doctors, but the purveyors of the Drug War.

Alcohol Prohibition 1917-1933

I’m going to guess, or at least hope, you are aware of alcohol prohibition which was forced into our Constitution by various people in the form of the 18th Amendment.

It was a huge failure.


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